Some weeks before the hectic holiday travel period, a British newspaper headlined an article on two of London's airports, "Wonder: Stansted airport . . . Blunder: Heathrow airport." While the article's author confined his critique to architectural styles, applauding the enlightening structure of Stansted and condemning the claustrophobic feel of Heathrow, Stansted is a "wonder" in other ways as well. It has positioned itself as the darling for Europe's crowd of budget airlines and as such ...

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